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Updated December 18, 2017
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  1. "Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Coast Guard Academy full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to connect academia to our humanitarian service

    Cons

    Not much work for spouses in the New London area


  2. "High Touch, High Quality Institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Coast Guard Academy full-time

    Pros

    Great people working on a very focused and intrinsically rewarding mission. A fantastic facility with impeccably maintained grounds.

    Cons

    Everything is hard... the weight of government bureaucracy is not well aligned with the flat governance expected in higher education. The result is paralysis and paperwork that erodes everyone's time and motivation.

    Advice to Management

    Visit, become involved in, and benchmark other institutions of higher education. There are many lessons to be learned beyond federal service academy peers and internal Coast Guard human capital customers.

  3. "Good pay and students"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in New London, CT
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in New London, CT
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Coast Guard Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, top notch students.

    Cons

    On the teaching side, it was disturbing to see how little time students (cadets) were afforded for study.


  4. "Great place!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coast Guard Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mission and core values. Hours are pretty flexible, access to gym and can workout when you want, travel, and gear.

    Cons

    Can be a negative work environment and have to follow command.


  5. "Great way to challenge your mind and not work too long of hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Chance to learn (re-learn) technical knowledge from past university training. My position was teaching so very much enjoyed interacting with the cadets. Also great way to gain experience with millennial thinking.

    Cons

    It is the US government. If you come from a commercial background (i.e you enjoy thinking of new ways to do things; to grow, or improve something, then you will be disappointed. A lot of nice people who have no desire to change status quo. They come in at 8, do their job, then leave at 4. No interest in changing anything.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace those who come from outside the Coast Guard. We have a lot of real world experience and could help the program tremendously.


  6. "Preschool teachers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coast Guard Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Children and parents were great to meet

    Cons

    Admin staff were the worse to meet


  7. ""Associate Professor""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New London, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New London, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Coast Guard Academy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steady schedule, interesting student body, ideal location in New England

    Cons

    Military supervisors, student stress affected teaching atmosphere, micromanagement

  8. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New London, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New London, CT

    I have been working at Coast Guard Academy (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, great people to work with, exciting career.

    Cons

    A lot of Bureaucracy, Slow to make decision to imporve workforce,


  9. "Low quality education"

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    Current Employee - Professor in New London, CT
    Current Employee - Professor in New London, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Coast Guard Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The primary reason why the Academy continues as it does is the $. Both military and civilian are paid far too much for what they do. So the pro, if you are an employee, is the income. The benefits are not bad, of course, and people are generally respectful, to your face anyway.

    Cons

    As a civilian academic, the cons are considerable: working for a US military employer, it is the ranks of the US military that run the show, make all of the key decisions (despite lip service to the contrary). The culture is largely 'be at your workstation' and fill-out - seriously, for all employees including professors - time cards. Yes, time cards. Most importantly, the US Coast Guard Academy, unlike other US military academies, forces all cadets to take trainings that seriously impede their ability to pursue an education. The cadets are perpetually in survival mode, putting out fires, and not doing any serious study of any kind, on any topic.

    Advice to Management

    The CG Academy is more than just a military institution; it is a hybrid, where both military and educational priorities should be openly discussed, respected, and supported. In 2012 a former Assistant SUPT informed the faculty that 'this is not an educational institution..' That would frankly come as a great surprise to those who come here to pursue, inter alia, an education and the many accrediting agencies and parents that expect that cadets receive an education. Moreover, to be on the map of national prominence, the CG Academy needs to fully support research. The only civilian faculty who stay-on are not helping in that regard; they 'understand' that research is 'not possible' and just keep collecting their hefty paychecks. The Academy is well overdue for many changes. The Big Secret: Close the CG Academy, offer only OCS (via Navy), and save hundreds of $millions every year.


  10. "Not heading in a good direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    CGA offers a wonderful opportunity to develop and nurture leaders for the service (and their careers afterwards). The cadets appreciate your efforts, and it is awesome to see what they accomplish within a few short years. Many of the staff are extremely dedicated and excellent colleagues and mentors. When you luck out, there are wonderful people in charge who make showing up to work an absolute joy.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is not good at the moment. As a result there is a cloud of fear over the campus and morale is very low amongst staff and cadets. However, change in leadership is imminent, and this place can improve quickly if they get rid of a handful of folks. In good times, the main struggle is getting resources (budgets are small) and getting new initiatives off the ground. Much of the leadership is CGA grads, many have only been to graduate school to the Master's level (this is especially true in the senior management ranks). There is big opposition to making changes to the program, even if they echo best practices at top institutions because "that's the way it was back when I went to CGA." Research opportunities/facilities pretty non-existent for faculty even at the best of times.

    Advice to Management

    For some folks, retire and quit doing any more damage. For other folks, make sure you are continuously benchmarking the best schools. Remember that your staff is a pool of folks who have exposure to many different organizations. Give them a chance to keep improving the end product. Work on diversity in the right way - go out to see America and make sure you stop at the unlikely places - don't just send cadets back to their own high school and call it job done on recruiting.

    The biggest thing is - unless this is a fantastic tour in the Coast Guard for the military and a good place to build a career for a civilian, the end product will decline. It should be the greatest opportunity one is handed in their lifetime, rather than a job people are happy to be done with.


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